Brookdale is an elder led, congregationally governed church. We believe the two biblically mandated offices are that of elder (pastor) and deacon (1 Timothy 2, Titus 1).
The pastor set vision, oversee, shepherd, feed, and protect the body by faithfully ministering the scriptures. Christ is the Chief Shepherd, with the elders as shepherds under Christ, who are to be governed and ruled by Christ and His Word. Their ministry is carried out in integrity, gentleness, humility, and love.
The office of deacon is entrusted with serving the needs of the congregation and the pastors, freeing them up for the ministry of the Word and prayer. The deacons are not an executive board, but are to be godly, virtuous servants of the congregation (Acts 6).
The congregation is responsible to faithfully follow the scriptures, respond biblically to leadership, participate in ministry, and conduct their lives in a way that glorifies God.
Pastor Neal Stockeland
B.A., M.Div., Th.M., M.Ed.
Pastor Neal and Betty arrived at Brookdale in February of 2013. Neal grew up in Binford, North Dakota. He came to know Christ as a Bible Institute student in Seattle, WA. After graduating from the two year school he spent the ensuing two years traveling in Music Ministry. He then entered Grace College in Indiana graduating with a degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages. Seminary followed where he focused on Old Testament & Hebrew and Jewish Studies, also receiving a degree in pastoral ministry. It was at this time that he and Betty met and were married. After a summer working with The Friends of Israel in Jewish Evangelism, he spent two years as a Bible Teacher Chaplain in suburban Washington, D.C. This was followed by two years in pastoral ministry at Manchester Bible Church in Indiana. Six years as a Bible Teacher/Chaplain at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck, ND were then followed by three years as a Christian School Administrator in Santa Rosa, CA. In 1998 the family moved to Michigan where Neal assumed the role of Superintendent at Freedom Baptist Schools in Hudsonville. At this time, Pastor Neal returned to pastoral ministry, working with Interim Ministries for almost ten years serving various churches as a consultant, interim pastor and pulpit supply. During this time he also served as the Chaplain at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, a large inner-city rescue mission. The years 2006 – 2013 found Neal serving as the full-time pastor at Whitneyville Bible Church in Alto, MI.
Pastor Neal brings a broad background to the role of pastor: Christian school Bible teacher and administrator, youth and music, pastoral ministry, Jewish missions, Rescue Mission Chaplain, along with several interim pastorates. He is a graduate of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN.
Pastor Neal and Betty reside in Fargo, ND. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren! He may be contacted at the church office (218-233-8758) or by email email@example.com
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